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Thonburi Tourist Attractions

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Thonburi is hardly known as a major tourist destination, but this area contains places like Wat Arun and across the Chao Phraya River is of course the most famous of all tourist attractions, The Grand Palace, so we shall try to list all the tourist attractions in this area within a couple of km from each other and let you decide how many and for how long you want to spend visiting them, we have listed some of the Temples, many are worth a visit, a few may not really be of much interest or you could just be Templed out by this stage.

If your looking for a nice Thai meal there are plenty of markets near the river, or maybe visit one of the numerous river front restaurants such as The Navy Restaurant near the Grand Palace which is next to the Tha Chang Pier with views of Wat Arun across the river, things don't get more relaxed than this. On the Wat Arun side of the river next to Wat Rakhang is the Supatra Restaurant, again situated on the banks of the River Chao Phraya, indoor and outdoor dining in a nice Thai restaurant, weekends and you will most likely see a cultural dancing show there so worth a visit.

Getting to Thonburi is probably done best by using the BTS, there are 2 BTS stations now, Krung Thonburi and Wongwian Yai.

Thonburi and Local Area Tourist Attractions

The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew are probably the most famous buildings in Bangkok if not the whole of Thailand, they have a strict dress code for entry, your not getting in with a pair of shorts and a Singha beer vest, but this is a must see Thailand tourist attraction. The walls have some beautiful murals painted on them and the palace itself is quite outstanding, in the old days they would have told you to take plenty of film, thank god for digital cameras in these times, Wat Phra Kaew is of course home to the Emerald Buddha.
Outside The Grand Palace beware of the scammers who want to take you on a free tour of Bangkok, or maybe a jewelry store, or even telling you The Grand Palace is closed, just ignore them and walk away, not worth wasting your time with these scum, and they are there most days.

Royal Barge Museum
The Royal Barge Museum is situated on the mouth of the Bangkok Noi canal and is home to the Royal Barges, the most impressive of these is of course the Suphannahongse (or Golden Swan), which was built in 1911 during the reign of King Rama IV. This 46-metre craft was carved from one single piece of teakwood!
Take the river boat to Phra Arthit Pier, then walk over the Phra Pin Klao Bridge, next is follow the signs down the alleys and you will arrive at the museum, they do charge extra if you have a camera but is still worth a visit to see these amazing carved barges.
Occasionally they will have a procession of barges on the Chao Phraya river which if you get a chance is worth going to see. Royal Barges Procession

National Museum
A visit to the National Museum reveals the history of Thailand and how people lived during the different periods. It gives you a view through the windows of the past.
The National Museum, located on the opposite side of Sanam Luang to The Grand Palace, was established in 1887 by King Rama V. The foundation collection was previously stored at The Grand Palace.
The original building was formerly the palace of a vice-ruler. King Rama VII placed it under the administration of the Royal Institute of Literature, Archeology and Fine Arts which has evolved to be the Fine Arts Department.
New buildings were constructed in 1967 and other historical buildings relocated to the museum grounds.

Siriraj Medical Museum
Several museums in the grounds of Siriraj Hospital, these include the Forensic museum which is fondly known as the Death Museum, many other interesting subjects are included in the main building which houses the museums making it well worth the small entrance fee that is charged.

Bangkok Noi Museum
Next door to Wat Suwannaram in Suwannaram School is the Bangkok Noi Museum, this showcases Bangkok Noi in the old days when it was a small village with many craftsmen.

Wanglang Market
Large market which sells everything from new and second hand clothing, Thai food, fruit and just about everything else you can think of even down to forks and spoons, it has it all. Probably best to make this the last stop of the day as you will probably end up with bags of goodies and don't want to carry them around with you all day in the Bangkok heat.

Bangkok Floating Market Taling Chan
One of the nicer floating markets in Bangkok, only open weekends, amazing selection of food, also many plants, orchids and other produce you would expect from a Thai market, well worth a visit.

Boat Trips on the River Chao Phraya
A few boat trips costing less than 30baht each mainly taken from Tha Wanglang Pier at Siriraj, includes Wat Arun, Wat Pho and many other tourist attractions in the local area, worth a read and look at the photos.

A Day on the Chao Phraya River
Spending the day on the Bangkok tour boats visiting most of the places mentioned on this page with some great photos of them included.

The Canals of Bangyai
Take a trip to suburban Bangkok and see the greenery of Bangyai, quiet, clean and fresh air, might even get a bit boring after the hectic pace of Bangkok.

Fort Phra Sumen
Take a step back in time to 1783, Siam was have many battles and had just moved capitals again and Fort Phra Sumen was one of the 14 fortresses built to protect it, if you are passing it is worth stopping off for a look, also has a small park called Santichaiprakarn Park if you just want to take in the views and hope there is a nice breeze from the Chao Phraya River to keep you cool.

Bangkok Corrections Museum
An old high security prison now converted into a museum to show what prisons were like in Siam in the past, includes rooms for torture, watch towers and other fascinating glimpses into the past of Thailand.

Mahathat Amulet Market
On Sundays this is the largest Amulet market in Bangkok, weekdays it is still worth a visit as there are many shops and stalls selling amulets and also Buddha statues and things of that ilk, be wary of taking pictures as some of the shop and stall owners don't like it.

Princess Mother Memorial Garden
Nice well kept gardens, also has a replica of the Princess Mothers home she was brought up in, a local market just down the road and near enough the Memorial Pier to come and go by river boat.

Khao San Road
We take some time to explore the nooks and crannies of the well known Khao San Road, from the bars, restaurants, massage parlours, market and even a Temple or 2.

Sao Ching Cha Giant Swing
The Giant Swing was originally constructed in 1784 in front of the Devasathan shrine by King Rama I. During the reign of Rama II the swing ceremony was discontinued as the swing had become structurally damaged by lightning. In 2006 the swing was completely rebuilt.

Tha Chang Pier and Market
For some reason Tha Chang Market gets rave reviews, personally I would suggest spending 3 baht on a river boat and going to Wanglang Market, the pier of course is the nearest one to such tourist attractions as the Grand Palace, also many of the river boats and express boats stop there so it's a good point for getting any where on the Chao Phraya river or adjoining canals.

Nang Lerng Market
Officially launched on March 29, 1900 in Bangkok, this market has a long history and many time-tested food shops. Jibkee, for example, has served Grilled Duck, Roasted Red Pork, and Crispy Pork for more than a century now.
Delicious dishes are also available at several less old eateries. For over four decades, Bamee Rungruang is famous for its homemade noodle that is topped with crab, roasted red pork, Chinese mustard green and wonton. Rungrojís menu, meanwhile, offers more than 60 dishes including must-try Steamed Duck in Soy Sauce. Selling aromatic coffee and Sri Lanka tea, Salon de Caf? has attracted local and foreign customers alike.
Coming from Thonburi, cross Pinklaow Bridge then continue onto Rachadamnoen Klang road until Phanfah. Head towards Nakhon Sawan road and you will come across the market.

Bangkok Temples

Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn
Probably Bangkoks most famous and visited Temple, situated in Thonburi across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace, so if your visiting one of these be sure to catch the river boat to see the other, both are well worth the visit.

Wat Phra Kaew
In the grounds of the Grand Palace Wat Phra Kaeo is home to the Emerald Buddha, just for that reason it is worth a visit, but the Temple itself is quite outstanding and you will find some great photo opportunities to take pictures of the statues and buildings as there are over 100 buildings with ď200 years royal history".

Wat Rakhang
If you are there then it is worth popping into Wat Rakhang, if it means traveling then maybe think about knocking it off the list of things to see, famous mainly for a large broken bell that was found here, now has a few bells and basically is just the same as another 1,000 Bangkok Temples.

Wat Pho
Wat Pho or Wat Po is extremely famous, one for its reclining Buddha statue, the other for its massage, they give massages there and also teach how to give massages. The Temple grounds cover an area of around 50 rai so has many buildings worth exploring, don't forget your camera.

The Bangkok Catholic Church Santa Cruz
Nice Italian style Church next to the Memorial Bridge, wander the gardens which are well kept, or maybe even have a little pray. After the fall of Ayutthaya the Portuguese were given land here to build their houses on, in the local area you will find many old wooden houses still standing and being used, you can also walk to Wat Arun from here.

Wat Saket The Golden Mount
Nice old Temple with the Chedi and other buildings set on an artificial hill, the main buildings such as the Viharn and Monastery are at the bottom of the hill, quite an interesting history and well worth a visit.

Wat Paknam
Fantastic looking Temple built with lots of teak wood and marble, no expense spared on this one, farangs are also welcome to take the meditation courses they hold there, Wat Paknam is well worth a visit just to see what money can build in Thailand.

Wat Pichai Yatikaram
Old Temple with a Chinese influence situated near Princess Mother Memorial Garden, nicely set out with many nice buildings in the grounds.

Wat Suwannaram
Nice large old Royal temple, has some of Bangkoks best kept mural paintings, situated on the banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal.

Bangkok Temple Wat Kalayanamit
The Kalayanamit Temple is situated on the mouth of the Bangkok Yai Canal, originally commissioned to be built by a Chinese noble man in 1825, inside the Viharn is an extremely large sitting gold Buddha statue which is over 15 meters tall, it nearly fills the whole of the hallway where it is situated.

Wat Prayoon
Wat Prayoon is get off the river boat at Memorial Bridge Pier next to the Memorial Bridge and there it is, an unusual style white chedi for Bangkok as it is the only one here in Bangkok.
However, most visitors come from the Khao Mor Cemetery, a large mound at the entrance of the temple. The mound is covered with many different shrines, chedis, spirit houses and even a doll house. There's a lot to take in, but its certainly a fun walk.
A visit to Wat Prayoon.

Wat Anongkharam Worawiharn
As my mother used to say, if you can't find something nice to say it is best to shut up, so shut up I will.

Thonburi and Local Area Map

Bangkok Bridges